The Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel has once again received recognition by prominent legal guide Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the only legal directory to rank law firms and individual attorneys. In total, the 2012 edition highlights 25 Broad and Cassel attorneys as leaders in their respective fields, while the firm is listed as among the best in 10 statewide practice areas and 2 national practice areas.
Leading the way, the firm’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group received top honors within the State of Florida, which included the ranking of six individual attorneys in addition to the group’s collective Band One ranking, the highest ranking Chambers USA awards. Notably, the group’s leading attorneys, Gabriel Imperato and Mike Segal, also received national recognition in their respective areas of practice, ranking among the best in the country.
The following are excerpts of the 2012 Chambers USA commentary:
Healthcare: This impressive practice advises major state healthcare entities such as the Florida HealthCare Association on issues including healthcare reform and new legislation. Members of the team have developed expertise in several focused areas, including white-collar crime, healthcare fraud, compliance and medical group consolidation and formation. The team recently advised on theformation through mergers of Florida Digestive Health Partners, a 25-personmedical group specializing in otolaryngology.
Sources say: “They are extremely capable, hard-working lawyers and have provided us with an outstanding, value-for-money service.” Gabriel Imperato’s practice includes advising on corporate governance and compliance matters as well as healthcare fraud. He is considered “very smart, an excellent healthcare lawyer.” Lester Perling has gained particular expertise in third-party reimbursement and is viewed as “a superb practitioner with a wealth of experience.” Group chair Mike Segal is particularly well known for his work with physicians’ groups and was the lead attorney in the Florida Digestive Health Partners merger mentioned above. Douglas Mannheimer is highly regarded for his healthcare work, particularly in the regulatory arena, and is also well versed in government relations matters. Stephanie Russo is “first-rate,” according to sources, who add: “She’s still up and coming but she knows her stuff and she approaches things in just the right way.” Russo’s practice is wide-ranging and includes healthcare litigation, compliance and transactional work. Stephen Siegel’s practice spans corporate, enforcement and regulatory matters. He is applauded by sources as “bright and knowledgeable with a great reputation.”
Nationwide: Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation: Gabriel Imperato is based in Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office, and is nationally renowned for his regulatory and enforcement expertise. His respected practice draws on significant litigation experience, and clients seek his fraud and abuse and reimbursement capabilities.
Nationwide: Healthcare: Transactional: Miami-based Mike Segal is also based in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He focuses his practice on transactional matters and is held in high regard for his work across the nation. He is the healthcare group chair, and is increasingly involved in innovative combinations of organizations and physicians that draw on his wide experience of the arena.